There was a stunning baby blue Caroline Herrera silk gazar gown in the 'how to spend it' Financial Times celebration issue this weekend for £5,140. And it really was gorgeous. A perfect colour for a winter, spring or even summer wedding, in fact.
The thing about light blue as a colour is that it really does whisper elegance and glamour whilst eschewing overt prettiness. And it tends to suit all complexions, which is always a consideration when choosing bridesmaid dresses. So, inspired by the Caroline Herrera dress, I have selected a few pale blue bridesmaid gowns that you might like.
First is the beautiful Lela Rose LX137 in Cloudy Duchess Satin - the gentle, simple frill from one shoulder along the neckline is charmingly sophisticated without being too fussy and the satin material adds a certain gracefulness.
Staying with the one shoulder effect is another delightful bridesmaid gown from Lela Rose, the LX141XX in the softest of pale blue Renaissance Satin, with its gentle ruffle cascading down from shoulder to waist, creating a visual paradox of beguiling innocence.
Both of these dresses would like fab with a pair of leopard skin heels to add an unexpected, contemporary punch to the outfit, like these Nikita Metallic Tip shoes from Very:
For a shorter, but equally as pretty pale blue bridesmaid gown, this Topaz dress from Monsoon is lovely with is embellished top and jewelled neckline. I'd definitely pair it with funky shoes like these Nine heels from Savannah Miller:
This high neck, sleeveless dress from Phase Eight is another example of how pale blue is such a stunning, glamorous colour which is seriously worth thinking about for your bridesmaids.
But you don't have to stop there; these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg and I know for a fact that Dessy.com com has a host more pale blue bridesmaid gowns for you to peruse.
So take a look, I think you'll be gloriously inspired!
[caption id="attachment_20653" align="aligncenter" ignore-width="294"] Dessy Collection 2863 in Cloudy lux chiffon - yet another example of a beautiful, pale blue bridesmaid gown for you to consider[/caption]
What fun would this be for your wedding? Edible table (and floor!) decorations like these fabulous 6', 5' and 4' green and white sweet trees from Sweet Creations below or the joyous red and pink one above.
A sort of cross between topiary and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, sweet tree table decorations will provide a talking point, a pudding and a visual delight all in one. You could either have a cluster of the different types of confectionary on each table, or have one variety per table, or just have a veritable forest of sweet trees as a buffet display. And of course you can choose the sweets to match your colour scheme. So you could go all pastels with your very own Mini Egg Tree from Cuckooland.com.
Or just head for the chocolate with these fabulous Minstrel Rose Sweet Trees (below) from Cuckooland and tie in the colours with the bows and central candy roses. The pots can be personalised too which could be even more fun!
The two smaller sizes have edible bases of Belgian chocolate and chocolate krisp (this just sounds like heaven on earth!) whilst the two larger sizes stand in elegant glass vases.
Equally as sweet (pardon the pun) are the pastel-coloured Love Heart Sweet Trees, for the true romantics! Again from cuckooland.com, these feature childhood favourite Love Hearts and pink marshmallows - ah, wouldn't that make for the prettiest of table decorations?
And of course another timeless classic would be the Liquorice Allsorts Sweet Tree Table Decoration from Very, which would be perfect for a technicolour-themed wedding - how did the old ad go? "All sorts love Allsorts" - rather fitting for a wedding, I feel!
Which sweet would you choose?
Cocktail flats - the must-have shoe for Winter 15/16
And I'm not talking ballet pumps here. I'm conjuring up images of glamour, embellishments, crystals, velvet, lace, brocades and, most of all, pointy toes!
Cocktail flats are the new must-haves for any wedding, party or generally glam 'do' where you
(a) don't want to be towering over your partner
(b) might have to walk a fair way in a beautiful outfit and so want to be sure of your footing, especially if you have cobbled streets or uneven surfaces to contend with
(c) might possibly have more than the one glass of champagne and you don't want to have to worry about wobbling around on high heels
(d) you are going to be on your feet for a LONG time!
So here is a round-up of some of the best cocktail flats on the market this season:
In the top left corner above we have Park Avenue Gold Brocade flats from Dessy.com; top right are the snazzy Navy Blue patent pumps from La Redoute; in the centre are the animal print 'Ritzie' from Office; and lastly the fab Red Sparkle Bow flats from Deichmann UK.
From the top is one of my favourites, the Jewel Slingback by Next; I love all three in the next row but it is the middle, black and white stunner Georgette from Dune which floats my candle; the Pompom flat, also from Next, is just ADORABLE; and last but no means least are the gold lace cocktail flats from Dessy.
Who needs heels to feel on top of the world?